Stoner Shares MWC Offensive Player Of The Week Honors

Nov. 8, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Frank Rice (Colorado State), Jay Stoner (Wyoming), Rob Morris (BYU) and Deone Horinek (CSU) were named Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for their performances on the football field last weekend. This is the first MWC honor for three of the student-athletes. Horinek was named MWC Special Teams Player of the Week after CSU?s win over Colorado in the Rams' season opener.

Frank Rice, Colorado State, WR, Junior (MWC Co-Offensive Player of the Week) Frank Rice caught three passes for a career-best 130 yards and scored twice in the Rams' 36-22 win at New Mexico. Rice's first pass on the first play from scrimmage covered 58 yards for a touchdown, and he later scored on a 66-yarder. Rice also carried twice from scrimmage on reverses, gaining 13 yards, and scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter. In total, Rice's three touchdown plays covered 136 yards. Colorado State (6-3, 3-2/2nd-place tie) is idle this week. The Rams host Air Force (5-3, 1-3/6th-place tie) after a 12-day layoff on Thursday, Nov. 18 (6 p.m., ESPN).

Jay Stoner, Wyoming, QB, Junior (MWC Co-Offensive Player of the Week) Jay Stoner had his second-best passing day of his career and the third-best performance by a MWC quarterback, going 21-of-38 for 349 yards in Wyoming?s 43-29 win at Utah. Prior to the game, Utah had ranked ninth in passing efficiency defense by allowing just 98.4 passing yards per game. Since Stoner's performance, Utah has dropped to 16th nationally. Wyoming (5-3, 2-2/4th-place tie) hosts MWC-leader BYU (8-1, 5-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m. (MT).

Rob Morris, BYU, LB, Senior (MWC Defensive Player of the Week) Rob Morris had a game-high 15 tackles, including 14 solo tackles, in the 30-7 win at San Diego State. Morris collected a season-high five tackles for a combined loss of 30 yards, including three sacks for minus-25 yards. He also forced two key fumbles and recovered one. His forced fumble in the third quarter broke the game open when Hans Olsen scooped up the ball and ran for a 24-yard touchdown.

Deone Horinek, Colorado State, P, Senior (MWC Special Teams Player of the Week) Deone Horinek punted eight times for a 46.6-yard average and two of his punts were downed inside the New Mexico 20-yard line. His third-quarter punt, which traveled 72 yards and rolled dead at the Lobos' 1-yard line with the Rams trailing 14-6, changed the momentum of the game. UNM quarterback Sean Stein fumbled and was tackled in the end zone for a safety, which was the beginning of a 23-point run for CSU.